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Latvia Law To Change Calendar Of Public Holidays
 
(Posted on Thursday, May 25, 2006)

Source: Baltic Times

On May 25, the Latvian parliament in the second reading has passed amendments that will make August 15 a new public holiday in Latvia. From now on, August 15 will be the Day of the Great Mara, to celebrate the Annunciation of Virgin Mary.

The big surprise was that after heated debates, lawmakers voted in support of marking March 8 as the International Women's Solidarity Day.

Apparently making good on its promise of 3 years ago (24-Dec-2003), and trying to atone for its rejection a couple of years ago (16-Jan-2003), the parliament also approved a proposal on marking Russian Orthodox and Old Believers' Christmas on January 6 and 7.

Lawmakers also supported a draft provision that in case a public holiday, except for Easter and Pentecost, falls in Saturday or Sunday, the next workday is made a day off.

The parliament is yet to pass the amendments on the new public holidays in the final reading.

Related links:

Latvia bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (May 2006)
Latvia 2019 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Latvia 2020 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Latvia 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
Latvia 2022 bank holidays and public holidays
Latvia 2023 bank holidays and public holidays
 2009-02-05: Latvia's Parliament Moves Orthodox Public Holidays To Final Reading
 2007-10-23: Latvia Declares November 19 One-Off Public Holiday
 2003-12-24: Latvia Could Declare Orthodox Chistmas Public Holidays
 2003-01-16: Latvia's Parliament Rejects Orthodox Christmas Public Holiday


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